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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Quality Network for Forensic Mental Health Services

Quality Network for Forensic Mental Health Services

The Quality Network for Forensic Mental Health Services (QNFMHS) was set up in 2006 by the College Centre for Quality Improvement (CCQI). QNFMHS adopts a multi-disciplinary approach to quality improvement in medium and low secure mental health services. A key component of our work is the sharing of best practice by listening to and being led by frontline staff and patients.


Better Days by a patient from the Cygnet Hospital Beckton.

The Network serves to identify areas for improvement through a culture of openness and enquiry. The model is one of engagement rather than inspection. We aim to facilitate quality improvement through a supportive network and peer-review process.


Members are expected to use the results of reviews to develop action plans to achieve year on year improvement. They are also expected to share their results throughout their services as well as with key stakeholders, including health and local authorities, those making referrals to their services and local patient and family and friend groups. Participating services are able to benchmark their practice against similar services and demonstrate the quality of care they provide.


To learn more about the review cycle and QNFMHS activities, please refer to our dedicated pages.


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